E-commerce for your website

E-COMMERCE

We can enable your business for E-commerce so you can trade your products or services via the Internet.

With a global presence offering a limitless reach, selling on-line can be a lucrative solution for many businesses. We offer affordable 24/7 e-commerce solutions to help making an increased market share possible.

Linking sales to invoicing and stock management can also take a major (costly) overhead out of the selling process equation; expensive time consuming admin is ‘dead money’.

We can do all the necessary programming and configuration to make your shop link to your chosen payment provider. We can design your shop as a stand-alone web presence, or incorporate it into your website

Costs per transaction (an illustration)

We’re often asked how much it costs to take payments on-line so here are some ‘rule of thumb’ guidelines.

Cart Software
We tend to use Drupal Ubercart and Commerce modules which are open source (free).

The biggest cost you will encounter is the time spent in initial cart software configuration, setting up the products within your cart software and training.

SSL Certificate
SSL certificates costs around £60 per year and provides your website with a secure socket layer that encrypts and decrypts user page requests as well as the pages that are returned by the Web server.

You can tell if you are using a secure socket via the https:// prefix in your browser address.

Payment Gateways
There are a variety of payment gateways to facilitate online transactions. Typical standard rates for receiving payments via a service such as PayPal for goods and services are around 3.4% plus £0.20 per transaction. However as your sales volume increases, the fees can be as low as 1.4%, based on your previous month sales volume. See the illustration further .

DRUPAL SHOPPING CART MODULES

If you want to integrate a shopping cart with Drupal, you basically have two options The Ubercart or Commerce modules

Ubercart and Drupal Commerce attack complexity through user-contributed modules. In fact, when you download either cart, you're actually downloading a suite of modules that work together to provide basic functionality. Exactly what's included in the core, though, is the biggest difference between the two packages.



PAYMENT GATEWAYS

There are a large number of payment gateways, to choose from.

A decision on which you choose can be attributed to region, transaction cost user interface and service reliability.

The side illustration demonstrates PayPal Express check out integration.

More info on the choice of payment gateways can be found here

INVOICING & STOCK

Even if you don’t wish to host an on line store - Drupal coupled with commerce or Ubercart modules, can have a significant impact on your business by automating your invoicing and stock management systems.

Invoicing
The invoice system for Ubercart and Commerce are as flexible as you want then to be.

An invoice is simply a representation of an order on your site that a customer can keep for their records or you can use in holding, ordering, or shipping goods.

Stock management
Almost any store dealing in tangible products will have some sort of inventory that needs to be managed. Depending on your business model, your inventory management needs will differ from many people.

For instance, the Ubercart core Stock module provides a very basic stock tracking system for inventory needs that's designed to be adaptable so that other third party modules can link with this module to provide greater control over your inventory.

Sales reports
The main core module for Ubercart reports generates several types of useful reports

One for customers, one for products and a few for sales.

Most reports can be exported to a CSV file.





AVERAGE COSTS PER TRANSACTION

Typical standard rates for receiving payments for goods and services are around 3.4% plus £0.20 per transaction. However as your sales volume increases. The fees can be as low as 1.4%, based on your previous month's sales volume.

Purchase payments received (monthly) Fee per transaction

£0.00 GBP - £1,500.00 GBP 3.4% + £0.20
£1,500.01 GBP - £6,000.00 GBP 2.9% + £0.20
£6,000.01 GBP - £15,000.00 GBP 2.4% + £0.20
£15,000.01 GBP - £55,000.00 GBP 1.9% + £0.20
above £55,000.00 GBP* 1.4% + £0.20

SIMPLE ILLUSTRATION OF COSTS
£10.00 / 3.4% = £0.34 + £0.20 = £0.54

If you are new e-commerce merchant on a £10.00 sale would anticipate a fee of £0.54 pence